Paleo Apple Maple Muffins (grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free)

These paleo apple muffins are fuss-free and completely maple sweetened. They get extra apple flavor from grated and diced apples. Thanks to Pure Canada Maple for making today’s post possible!

I’ve been wanting to post a paleo apple muffin recipe for a long time. At first I tried adapting the paleo blueberry muffins I posted recently. They’re my favorite muffin recipe, by far, but that didn’t work out. The cinnamon and spices just made them weird.

Paleo Apple Muffins – fuss-free, super moist and maple sweetened.

So then I tried adapting my paleo apple butter cake but I wasn’t in love with those muffins, either. I tried some other apple muffins with almond flour and then figured that it’d be easy enough to adapt my grain-free carrot cake cupcakes, which is one of my most popular recipes. People seem to love them and I hope you all will enjoy these just as much. :)

The carrot cake recipe uses 1/2 cup of grated carrots and I subbed that with 1/2 cup of coarsely grated apples. I’ve only made these muffins using this extra coarse grater to grate the apples so if you want to use a fine grater, I have no idea how that’d work out.

I’d be afraid that the muffins would come out too wet. These muffins are already super moist so I don’t know if they could handle even more moisture!

Paleo Apple Muffins – super moist, fuss-free and maple sweetened.

Another change was the sweetener. I use a lot of lighter colored maple syrup throughout the year as a sweetener in all kinds of different flavored goodies, like these paleo key lime pies or these paleo lemon cookies. And now that I’m baking with cinnamon, apples and in a few weeks – pumpkin – I go through about 1 1/2 liters a month! I’m in the mood for maple everything. :)

The carrot cake recipe uses honey but 100% pure maple syrup seemed like a much better choice for these autumnal muffins. I used the exact same amount! It’s an easy sub and I think it blends better with the apple + cinnamon + nutmeg combination than honey does.

You can use any grade of all-natural maple syrup in these. You can’t really taste it through all the cinnamon flavor so I went with the standard Grade A Medium Amber kind that’s usually sold in grocery stores around here. I save the darker, stronger tasting and slightly more expensive Grade A Dark Amber kind for dishes where I want the maple taste to shine.

Paleo Apple Muffins – maple sweetened, fuss-free and super moist.

One tablespoon of cinnamon may seem like a lot for 8 muffins (it’s 3/8 teaspoon per muffin) but I’ve tried these with less cinnamon and they just weren’t very exciting. You need the cinnamon!

I’ve also tried these with a bunch of different apple types and we could hardly detect there were apples in the muffins – until I made them with Granny Smith. Their tartness helps them stand out more and together with the cinnamon and maple syrup, creates a truly awesome apple muffin.

Thanks again to Pure Canada Maple for sponsoring today’s post! As always, all opinions expressed are my own.

Paleo Apple Muffins (grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free)

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Paleo Apple Maple Muffins (grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free)
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  • Yield: 8 muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups (125 grams) blanched almond flour
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons (20 grams) coconut flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 large eggs (50 grams each, out of shell), room temperature
  • 5 tablespoons (70 grams) refined coconut oil, melted (if you use unrefined coconut oil there may be some coconut taste to the muffins)
  • 1/3 cup (106 grams) pure Canadian maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (90 grams) coarsely grated Granny Smith apples
  • 1 1/4 cups (155 grams) Granny Smith apple chunks (about 1/4")

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Line a muffin pan with 8 muffin liners.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together the dry ingredients (almond flour through nutmeg). Set this aside.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the eggs, oil, pure Canadian maple syrup, and vanilla.
  4. Add the dry mix to the wet and mix just until combined.
  5. Gently fold in the grated apples and then the chopped apples.
  6. Divide the batter evenly among the liners, filling them almost full, and bake for 23-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  7. Let the muffins cool for 5 minutes in the pan and then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
  8. Store in an air-tight container at room temperature for 1 day or refrigerate for up to 4.

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  • Christine
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    March 26, 2017 @ 6:24 pm

    Hello Erin, I just made these muffins this afternoon when my family stopped by. They were quick and easy to make, even if I had to try subs because I had run out of some of the ingredients (again! Remember “fearlessness”, haha…). Egg replacer, a mixture of almond flour and whole-grain rice flour (which makes it non-paleo, I guess?), honey instead of maple syrup and only apple chunks instead of grated AND chunks- but they were delicious! Thank you for this recipe- and good luck with the clock change. At least spring has come here! Yippieh! Greetings from Christine

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    • Erin replies to Christine
      March 26, 2017 @ 9:49 pm

      Wow… a mix of rice flour and almond flour. You are indeed fearless (although I really do worry that one day you’ll end up with a disaster ;)) And oh well if they’re not paleo. I doubt your family minded. :D Good luck to you on your next baking adventure and the time change! Thank goodness we change the time on the weekends here and not from Sunday to Monday. Thanks for your feedback! I love hearing from you.

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  • Grady says
    March 26, 2017 @ 3:30 pm

    About how many calories per muffin? Look forward to trying these for breakfast this week!

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    • Erin replies to Grady
      March 26, 2017 @ 9:47 pm

      I don’t have that info but you can copy and paste the recipe here for the nutritional profile, if you’d like. :) I hope you’ll enjoy the muffins!

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  • Arianna Pacheco
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    March 14, 2017 @ 4:57 am

    Made these for the hubby to have for breakfast. These are amazing! I have been making paleo muffins for him and most of them are just meh. I am so glad I found this recipe! Do you think you can use this recipe and switch out the apples for other things? Maybe carrots, coconut, zucchini, banana?

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    • Erin replies to Arianna Pacheco
      March 15, 2017 @ 9:23 pm

      I’m happy you finally found a recipe that’s better than meh. ;) I totally agree with you. So many paleo muffins have such a funky texture! Here are my other two favorite paleo muffin recipes: paleo chocolate banana muffins and paleo carrot muffins. And the blueberry muffins I linked to at the beginning of the post! This apple muffin recipe is based off of the carrot muffin recipe so I know you can use carrots, but I haven’t had luck with any other subs I’ve tried. If you try something out, I’d love to hear how it goes! Thanks for your comment. :)

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  • Melanie says
    March 7, 2017 @ 3:01 pm

    Usually baked goods that are grain, paleo,and dairy free = taste free, but soooo glad I decided to give these a try! They were moist and flavorful and best of all hubby and kids approved. They were gone in a day thanks so much for such a flavorful recipe 😀

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    • Erin replies to Melanie
      March 12, 2017 @ 9:27 pm

      I’m so sorry for just now seeing your comment, Melanie! I don’t know how I missed it. And haha. I agree with you on most paleo sweets recipes being taste-free. I try not to post paleo recipes unless they’re reaaally good. ;) Thanks a bunch for your nice comment and sorry again for my slowness!

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  • Lauren says
    March 6, 2017 @ 4:54 am

    These were amazing!! Do you possibly have the nutrition facts? I was mostly wondering about carbs and calories.Thanks!

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    • Erin replies to Lauren
      March 6, 2017 @ 7:45 pm

      So happy you liked them! I don’t have that info but you can copy and paste the recipe here for the nutritional profile, if you’d like. :) Thanks for your comment!

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  • Julie says
    February 24, 2017 @ 2:30 am

    I am very new to paleo and thought I’d have to give up baking (which I enjoy) and sweets. I am very appreciative of the effort you put into experimenting to find just the right ingredients. I was very, very impressed with the results! Iam picky, and I’d eat thses even if I weren’t trying to stick to paleo. THANK YOU!

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    • Erin replies to Julie
      February 26, 2017 @ 8:41 pm

      Aww, yay! I’m so happy to hear that. And oh my – you most definitely don’t have to give up on baking! I have loads of paleo recipes that I think are just as delicious as these muffins. :) Thanks a ton for your feedback!

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  • Jennifer says
    February 22, 2017 @ 7:48 pm

    I made these yesterday and they were fabulous! Thanks for sharing!

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    • Erin replies to Jennifer
      February 23, 2017 @ 12:10 pm

      Awesome! So happy you liked them. :) Thanks for your comment!

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  • Camille says
    February 22, 2017 @ 4:36 pm

    These were absolutely amazing! I added a little coconut sugar to give it a little kick bu!t without it it was fine! My dad couldn’t even tell that these were paleo! I used your recipe for the maple frosting to add on top of these and everything together was delightful. Thanks for the healthy but great recipes.

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    • Erin replies to Camille
      February 26, 2017 @ 9:41 pm

      Hi Camille! I’m so sorry that I somehow missed your comment. I LOVE that you added the maple frosting on top! I’m totally going to try that and make a cake out of this. :) Thanks for the tip and for your feedback!

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  • Eva says
    January 20, 2017 @ 4:41 am

    I tripled this recipe and subbed sunflower seed “flour” that I ground in the Vitamix dry blade container and cassava flour for the coconut flour. I used some kind of Gala-type apple that I’m guessing has more moisture than Granny Smith, so they were pretty moist, not cakey at all. So, so good!! The family really loves them. This is the second of your recipes we’ve made and liked. We’re going to try more. Thanks so much!!

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    • Erin replies to Eva
      January 22, 2017 @ 2:41 pm

      What an interesting sub! Thanks so much for sharing. :) I’ve been meaning to try sunflower seed flour. Did you do a 1:1 sub with the cassava? I’m so happy that your subs worked out and that you all enjoyed the muffins! And that’s great that you’re going to try some more of my recipes. Thanks a bunch for your feedback!

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  • Steff says
    January 18, 2017 @ 5:16 pm

    AMAZING! I’m new to the paleo scene but who knew just by altering a few ingredients these would be so good!

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    • Erin replies to Steff
      January 19, 2017 @ 10:27 pm

      Excellent! I’m so happy that you liked them. :) I have lots more paleo dessert recipes here if you’re interested. Thanks for your comment!

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  • Heidi says
    January 17, 2017 @ 2:17 pm

    So nice to see a recipe use maple syrup to sweeten! I’m also Canadian, so even better! :) Please would you have an alternative to the almond flour as my son has a nut allergies?

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    • Erin replies to Heidi
      January 17, 2017 @ 2:20 pm

      I love using maple as a sweetener! :) Unfortunately, nuts flours aren’t interchangeable with non-nut flours. I’ve heard of people using sunflower seed flour as a sub but I’ve never tried it and have no idea if it’d work here. Sorry about that! If you give it a go, I’d love to hear how it works. If you don’t need a GF version, I have some delicious whole wheat apple muffins. You could use maple instead of honey in those!

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  • Debi says
    January 14, 2017 @ 7:51 pm

    Hi Erin, these look wonderful. Do you think using Chia eggs can work in place of regular eggs? If so, so you use ground Chia or whole seeds? Thank you!!

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    • Erin replies to Debi
      January 14, 2017 @ 10:03 pm

      Hi Debi! Thanks. :) I haven’t tried chia eggs in this recipe but I think it’d probably work. I always use ground chia seeds to make the eggs. I’d love to hear how they come out if you try it!

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      • Debi replies to Erin
        January 14, 2017 @ 10:08 pm

        Thanks Erin! I’ll let you know how they turn out :-)

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      • Heather L replies to Erin
        March 12, 2017 @ 3:25 pm

        I replaced the eggs with a flax egg and they were really good!

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        • Erin replies to Heather L
          March 12, 2017 @ 9:15 pm

          That’s great to know that they came out well with flax eggs! Thanks for your comment. :)

  • Sandy says
    January 12, 2017 @ 6:14 pm

    These were delicious – Can they be frozen and if so, how long!

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    • Erin replies to Sandy
      January 12, 2017 @ 8:57 pm

      I’m happy you enjoyed them! I haven’t frozen them but I’m pretty sure they’d freeze well for a few months. Thanks for your comment!

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  • Megan
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    January 10, 2017 @ 5:08 pm

    Last night, I was looking for a yummy, wholesome grab and go breakfast that I could make by the batch for the week. I came across your muffins and made them right away. Can I just say, these are AMAZING! I am pretty sure from this moment on, I am addicted. This is the first of your recipes I have tried, but because of this yumminess, I will be coming back…A LOT.
    Thanks!

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    • Erin replies to Megan
      January 11, 2017 @ 9:08 pm

      Yay! I’m so happy that you enjoyed the muffins and that you’re going to try some other recipes, too. :) I hope you’ll enjoy them just as much. Thanks a bunch for your comment!

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  • LM says
    January 4, 2017 @ 4:21 am

    My daughter would LOVE these but, she can’t have maple syrup. Any suggestions?

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    • Erin replies to LM
      January 4, 2017 @ 6:32 pm

      Honey would work well. :) Hope she’ll enjoy them!

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  • Stef says
    December 5, 2016 @ 4:23 am

    These look amazing! Can you use agave syrup instead of maple syrup you think?

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    • Erin replies to Stef
      December 5, 2016 @ 3:42 pm

      Thanks! And I haven’t tried it but I think that’d work. :)

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  • Stacey says
    November 28, 2016 @ 9:24 pm

    How did you go about grating the apples? Who ch kitchen gadget/trick did you use?

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    • Erin replies to Stacey
      November 28, 2016 @ 9:26 pm

      Check out the second paragraph after the first picture. :)

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  • Jackie says
    November 22, 2016 @ 9:22 pm

    Looks good, I’m always looking for a good apple cake recipe

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    • Erin replies to Jackie
      November 22, 2016 @ 9:33 pm

      Thanks! I hope you’ll enjoy them if you get the chance to try them out. :)

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  • K Yoder says
    October 29, 2016 @ 1:03 am

    Do you know the nutritional value of these muffins? Can you tell me?

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    • Erin replies to K Yoder
      October 29, 2016 @ 7:57 pm

      I don’t have that info but you can copy and paste the recipe here for the nutritional profile, if you’d like. :)

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  • Tia says
    September 25, 2016 @ 6:54 pm

    Any suitable paleo subs for almond flour? I can never seem to get any feedback when i find the perfect paleo recipes but they call for almonds! My bf is allergic. Chickpea flour, oat flour, coconut flour are all things i keep around, any suggestions?

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    • Erin replies to Tia
      September 25, 2016 @ 9:30 pm

      Unfortunately, nuts flours aren’t interchangeable with non-nut flours. :( I’ve heard of people using sunflower seed flour but I’ve never tried it and have no idea if it’d work here. Sorry about that! I wish there were a better alternative. But wait – you just mentioned almonds. So you could try cashew meal or hazelnut meal!

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    • Donna replies to Tia
      October 7, 2016 @ 10:28 pm

      I’ve found that Otto’s cassava flour can be used in place of almond flour in some recipes. I like it in some recipes and not in others because of the distinct flavor.

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  • Emma
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    September 19, 2016 @ 11:06 pm

    I’ve had my eye on making these for a week (ok, so not that long, but it felt like longer because they look so good)! We went apple picking yesterday and I came home and immediately made these muffins. They were amazing! I used ghee instead of coconut oil because I only had unrefined and wasn’t feeling the coconutty vibes :p I’ve made so many of your recipes and I can honestly say that every one of them has been amazing. I have to follow a specific diet and I love that I can make so many of the recipes on your blog – and they always taste GOOD, not like ‘alternative’ versions of the real thing! I’ve served them to others who can eat anything and they always eat them up too. I lived in Germany for a year and was so grateful for your recipes because as I know you live in Germany too, they called for flours and ingredients that I could actually find over there (no recipes with 5-7 different unique gf flours that I only use now that I can get them whenever I need ;). Anyway, the purpose of my long winded comment – thank you for sharing all your amazing recipes!!

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    • Erin replies to Emma
      September 20, 2016 @ 10:12 pm

      Thanks a bunch for your comment! It totally made my day. :) I’m so happy that you liked the muffins and the other recipes! I’m also impressed that you made them immediately after coming home from apple picking – I normally nap. ;) I’m super jealous of you being back in the US with access to whatever flours you want (but at least I discovered Vitacost last year, so I can’t complain too much!). Thanks again for your really nice comment! :)

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  • Miranda
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    September 18, 2016 @ 10:38 pm

    These sound like such a wonderful treat! I love apple muffins!

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    • Erin replies to Miranda
      September 20, 2016 @ 10:25 pm

      Thanks, Miranda! :)

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  • Liz @ The Lemon Bowl says
    September 16, 2016 @ 8:12 pm

    Is there anything better than fall baking?? you always get me in the mood!

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  • Kelly @ Nosh and Nourish says
    September 14, 2016 @ 10:38 pm

    Apple muffins for the wiiiiiiiiiiin! Love this paleo version :)

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  • Kim Beaulieu says
    September 14, 2016 @ 7:28 am

    These look amazing. I adore apple muffins. My sister makes them all the time. They’re just so tasty. These are calling my name. I could eat a million of them.

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    • Erin replies to Kim Beaulieu
      September 15, 2016 @ 10:43 pm

      Give your sister this recipe and tell her to make them for you. :D I bet you’ll both be happy! ;)

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  • Debra A Attinella says
    September 14, 2016 @ 1:37 am

    We have a loaded apple tree this year – this recipe would be perfect!

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    • Erin replies to Debra A Attinella
      September 15, 2016 @ 10:43 pm

      I bet it would! And consider me super jealous of your apple tree. ;)

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  • Rose | The Clean Dish says
    September 14, 2016 @ 12:47 am

    Goodness, I thought I use a lot of maple syrup haha! Then again, I’m not baking that much, either. You always have the best spice mixes – I will definitely give this recipe a try!

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    • Erin replies to Rose | The Clean Dish
      September 15, 2016 @ 10:44 pm

      I hope you’ll enjoy it! And yeah. I go through an insane amount. Thank goodness for “American week” at Lidl! ;)

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  • Trish - Mom On Timeout says
    September 13, 2016 @ 5:33 pm

    I want TWO of these right now! They look sooo delicious!

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  • Renee - Kudos Kitchen says
    September 13, 2016 @ 2:54 pm

    Oh my goodness! These look so moist and delicious, Erin. Looks like you’ve developed the perfect apple muffin recipe here!

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  • Jessica Formicola
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    September 13, 2016 @ 2:36 pm

    I’m pretty sure muffins are the perfect food and your apple muffins look divine! Yummy!

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  • Alice says
    September 13, 2016 @ 8:49 am

    Can’t wait to try this! The perfect fall recipe
    Alicex

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    • Erin replies to Alice
      September 14, 2016 @ 11:11 pm

      I hope you’ll enjoy it! Thanks for your comment and I hope fall’s arrived down in Munich. :)

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  • Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet says
    September 13, 2016 @ 6:49 am

    These look gorgeous and oh so moist!

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  • christine says
    September 13, 2016 @ 3:21 am

    Oh super yum. I’m laughing at you saying the amount of cinnamon sounds like a lot. When I follow a recipe, there are two ingredients, I generally always double – cinnamon and/or vanilla. So that seems like a totally reasonable amount to me!

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    • Erin replies to christine
      September 14, 2016 @ 11:13 pm

      Haha. Same here! Sometimes even triple the cinnamon. I have no idea what others are thinking sometimes with their 1/2 tsp cinnamon. ;)

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  • Heather | All Roads Lead to the Kitchen says
    September 13, 2016 @ 2:58 am

    wow, these definitely do look super moist – and super delicious! I’m in the mood for apple all the things, so this is going on my must-try list.

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  • Charlotte Moore
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    September 13, 2016 @ 2:18 am

    YEH!! Apples finally for Sept. This is apple season here in North GA. We all loved apple goodies with cinnamon. I sure need to try these for the GF,DF folks. Then make some withe white wheat. HA!!

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      September 13, 2016 @ 2:20 am

      Oops, I would have to use a different recipe since this is almond and coconut flour. But I have one anyway.

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    • Erin replies to Charlotte Moore
      September 14, 2016 @ 11:59 am

      I’m excited for apple season, too! :) I have a great whole wheat cinnamon apple muffin recipe if you haven’t tried. I bet you’d love it!

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  • Brenda@SugarfreeMom says
    September 13, 2016 @ 1:11 am

    These look so so good but that crumble topping makes it even more scrumptious!

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    • Erin replies to Brenda@SugarfreeMom
      September 14, 2016 @ 11:58 am

      I skipped the crumble topping this time but I’m happy they look like they have it. :D

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  • Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness says
    September 13, 2016 @ 12:39 am

    Considering I am Canadian…I LOVE these muffins! SO perfect for the season..I could eat them for breakfast ALL week long!

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  • Sandi (@fearless_dining) says
    September 12, 2016 @ 11:20 pm

    I love that these are paleo…they look so moist and good.

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  • Lauren Kelly Nutrition says
    September 12, 2016 @ 11:06 pm

    I love all of your baked goods, but these muffins seriously blow me away. I love those chunks of apples!

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  • Stephanie says
    September 12, 2016 @ 9:01 pm

    I could totally go Paleo as long as I had these muffins!

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  • Des @ Life's Ambrosia says
    September 12, 2016 @ 8:30 pm

    These muffins are perfect for fall!

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  • Carolyn says
    September 12, 2016 @ 6:57 pm

    Hello, seriously delicious little muffins!

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